Clare Townley was selected as the winner of the 2018  Gillian Dickinson North East Young Sculptor of The Year. Clare has spent 9 months producing her installation at Newbridge Studios in Newcastle after graduating in 2017 from Newcastle University.

The large scale dystopian installation is called  “Nostalgie de la boue: Plastic Friend”  and  is constructed from recycled plastic and includes a swing where visitors can contemplate the impact of plastic on the rural environment.

The installation will be featured along with our Stables Gallery exhibition of proposals from 10 young artists who are bidding for the 2019 Young Sculptor of the Year Award. Visitors will be able to vote for their favourite proposal at Cheeseburn Sculpture across two open weekends in May 18th/19th and 25th/26th/27th.

Funding from the Gillian Dickinson Trust has enabled Cheeseburn Sculpture to develop this annual award to support new and emerging artists who are from the North East or committed to working in the North East.

Cheeseburn Sculpture Curator Matthew Jarratt said:
“ The funding  from the Gillian Dickinson Trust is providing a fantastic annual opportunity for young artists in the North East to get their professional careers started and to realise ambitious new artworks. We were so impressed by the quality of  proposals from the young artists and really excited to work with Clare to support her to produce an installation which asks questions about our relationship with plastic and its impact on the landscape.”